The Diamondbacks have a surfeit of capable outfielders, heading into the season with A.J. Pollock in center, Mark Trumbo in right, and David Peralta or Yasmany Tomas in left. Ender Inciarte, having a terrific spring, is capable of playing all three positions and they have Cody Ross as well.
One way to fix the logjam would be to trade Trumbo. But GM Dave Stewart said, “We are not moving Trumbo,” as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Stewart added, “Trumbo is a proven bat. Tough to move him for an unknown.”
Trumbo, 29, is earning $6.9 million after avoiding arbitration in his second year of eligibility. He can become a free agent after the 2016 season. The slugger missed a large portion of the 2014 season due to a stress fracture in his right foot and finished with only 14 home runs and 61 RBI with a .235 average.
Trumbo would seem the easiest to move, as Ross is older, more expensive, and missed time in each of the last two seasons with injuries. Tomas isn’t going anywhere, while Pollock, Peralta and Inciarte have more value to the Diamondbacks than they would in a trade.
The loss of a close, well-pitched game is hard enough for any team to take, but when you lose two key players to injury in the process it’s gotta be damn nigh intolerable. That’s what happened to the Angels last night in their 3-1 loss to Minnesota, losing Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani. And it happened on consecutive plays in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Simmons is likely to be gone for an extended period after suffering a sprained ankle which was later deemed “severe”. Indeed, they weren’t sure it wasn’t broken until the X-rays came back negative. He sustained the injury running to first base, trying to beat out an infield hit. He came down on the ankle and it twisted in ugly fashion — there are Gifs of it on Twitter and stuff, but you don’t wanna see them — before tumbling over the bag to the ground. Simmons will have an MRI today to see how bad things really are.
Ohtani got off more easily, getting hit in the right ring finger with a pitch while striking out. His X-rays were also negative, but they will reassess him today.
Simmons is hitting .298/.323/.415 on the year while playing his usual spectacular defense. Ohtani, who just came back from Tommy John surgery as a hitter a couple of weeks ago, is hitting .250/.345/.375.